CONSTITUTION

                                                                     of

                                                 CHAVURAH MESSIANIC

                                                    ISRAEL ASSEMBLY

                                                                     of

                                               MILLVILLE, CALIFORNIA

                                                    8590 Colonial Manor

                                                               2012

 

                                                            PREAMBLE

 

So that things may be done decently and in order in, and that we may more efficiently minister together in fulfilling the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18, 20 we declare and establish the Constitution to which we voluntarily submit ourselves.

 

                                                   ARTICLE ONE - NAME

 

          This congregation of believers shall be known as the Chavurah Messianic Israel Assembly of  Millville, California.

 

                                                  ARTICLE TWO- PURPOSE

 

      A.  Our purpose is to glorify Yahweh by conducting a Holy convocation in accordance with the Word of Yahweh.  While not exhaustive, this Constitution will describe the essential elements of that purpose.

    B.  The Assembly  shall also ordain and license men to the Gospel ministry, evangelize the unsaved by proclaiming the Gospel of  Yahshua the Messiah; educate believers in a manner consistent with the requirements of Holy Scriptures, both in Sabbath and weekly Bible study fellowship.

 

                                           ARTICLE THREE- ASSOCIATIONS

 

     This assembly  may associate either formally or informally with those organizations which manifest in both statement and practice their essential agreement with the Statement of Faith of this assembly.

     This assembly  shall always maintain a strong stand against ecumenism, ecumenical evangelism, neo -evangelism, neo-orthodoxy, liberalism, the World Council and National Council of Churches, humanism, the New Age movement, cults, heretical Christianity, British Israelism, Anti-Semitism, and any like such movements which may arise in the future.

       Formal affiliation shall be by a ¾  majority vote of those present and voting.  Such vote may be taken at any of the quarterly business meetings.

      

                                  ARTICLE FOUR: STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  We do believe, however, that the following Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore is binding on all members.

 

I.  YAHWEH

    Concerning Yahweh, we believe

    1.  He is personal.

    2.  He exists as one: the Father & Son, The Holy Spirit is is the manifestation of His power.  Matthew 28:19,20

    3.  He is one Elohim, that is, a unity of essence.  Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4

    4.  He is Spirit.  John 4:24.

    5.  He is light (I John 1:5); (I John 4:8), holy (Isaiah 6:3), eternal (Psalm 90:2), immutable (Malachi 3:6);, infinite (Acts 17:28), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12), omniscient (Psalm 147:5), omnipotent (Revelation 19:6),  sovereign (Daniel 4:25), faithful (I John 1:9),  truthful (Romans 3:4), merciful (Psalms 13:5), just (Romans 2:6), righteous (Psalm 7:9), gracious (Ephesians 1:6-7)

    6.  He is the Creator (Genesis 1 and 2) and Sustainer of all things (Colossians 1:17).

 

II.   YAHSHUA

   Concerning  YAHSHUA, the Messiah,  we believe in His:

   1.  Deity.  John 1:1; 5:l7, l8, 8:58, 20:28, Isaiah 9:6, Hebrews 1:8, 9, Philippians 2:6.

   2.  Humanity.  I Timothy 2:5.

   3.  Virgin Birth. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:16-25; Luke 1:26-38.

   4.  Sinless   Hebrews 4:15.

   5.  Righteous life.  Romans 5:18.

   6.  Death for our sins.  Romans 5:8, 9, I Corinthians 15:3, 4

   7.  Bodily resurrection.  John 2:18-22, Luke 24:36-43.

   8.  Ascension into heaven.  Luke 24:50-51.

   9.  Visible, physical return to Earth, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-15.

 10.  Being the only Savior for mankind.  Acts 4:12, Hosea 13:4, Titus 2:13, Jude 25.

 11.  Living Torah in the flesh. (John 1:1-4, John 1:14).

 

III.  BIBLE

   Concerning the Bible, we believe,

   1. It properly consists of 66 books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament)    

   2.  In its verbal and plenary inspiration.  II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21.

   3.  It is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks, when the correct name of  Yahweh and Yahshua are properly used. Titus 1:2; John 17:17.

   4.  It has been providentially preserved for us today.  Psalm 12:6,7, Matthew 24:35.

It is actively involved in the impartation of eternal life. John 6:63, Hebrews 4:12, I Peter 1:23.

   5.  Any version of the Bible used in the pulpit and in all the teaching, must originate from the Masoritic text or the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Septuagint and the Byzantine or the Semitic of the Brit HaDasha text.

6. The Greek word, "nomos", translated as "law", should be the Hebrew word, "Torah"-which means Yahweh's teaching and instruction. (Thayer's Hebrew/Greek Lexicon).

  

IV.  SALVATION

   Concerning the salvation of man from sin, we believe:

   1.  It is not by any good work or works which man can do.  Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus  

   3-5.

   2.  It is a gift. Romans 6:23.

   3.  That while provision has been made for all to be saved (John 3:16), it is applied only to those who repent and trust in YAHSHUA by faith.  John 1:12.

   4.  It is received by repentance and faith in the redemptive work of Yahshua.  John 3:16; I Corinthians 15:1-4.

   5.  Our salvation is provided by YAHSHUA’s death, burial, and resurrection of YAHSHUA, the Messiah.  I Corinthians 15:1-4.

   6.  It has three aspects: past - from the penalty of sin ( II Timothy 1:9); present - from the power of sin (Philippians 2:12), and future - from the presence of sin (I Corinthians 3:15; I Peter 1:5).

  7.  That one who truly receives YAHSHUA the Messiah, as Savior is not lost. John 5:24, Romans 8:28-39, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30.

  8.  It is effected through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of YAHWEH.  Titus 3:5, James 1:18, John 16:8.

  9.  It is freely offered to all and all are held accountable to receive it. Acts 17:39; I Timothy 2:1-4, II Peter 3:9.

10.  It rests upon the shed blood of the YAHSHUA, the Messiah, which satisfied the righteous requirements of His Father, YAHWEH (Romans 3:25) in redeeming mankind from sin (I Peter 1:18-19, Colossians 1:14) and provides the basis for our justification (Romans 5:9) and sanctification (Hebrews 13:12).

 

 V. RUACH HAKODESH (Holy Spirit)

      Concerning the Holy Spirit, we believe:

   1.  The power of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh is the manifastation of YAHWEH'S power and He instructs us.. Matthew 28:19, Acts 5:3, 13:2-4.

   2.  He convicts the lost of sin, righteous and judgment.  John 16:8.

   3.  He indwells every believer the moment one is saved.  John 14:17; Romans 8:9,11

   4.  He empowers and equips the believer to have victory over sin and live a righteous life.  Romans 8:11,13, 12:3-4, Ephesians 5:18-21.

      

 

VI.  ASSEMBLY.

   Concerning THE ASSEMBLY, we believe,     

 

1.   The “local” ASSEMBLY is a clearly defined institution ordained by YAHWEH  in  

    the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  Matthew 16:18; 18:15-17;  28:18-20; Acts 2:47 20:17, I Corinthians 1:2, James 5:14, I Timothy 3:15; Revelation 2 and 3.

 

The local ASSEMBLY is to be self-governing and autonomous.  Matthew 18:15-17,  Acts 15:22; I Corinthians 16:3. The assembly is authorized to administer the ordinance of baptism, which is properly done by simple immersion and witnessed by at least one person after a profession of faith in  YAHSHUA as personal Savior.  Matthew 28:19-20.

 The assembly is authorized to observe the ordinance of communion, which is properly observed with bread and grape juice as a memorial of Messiah’s death for our sin. It will be done in conjunction with a fellowship meal. It is to be taken only by believers who are in fellowship with the Yahshua.  I Corinthians 11:17-34.The officers, duties, and proper functioning of the local assembly are further described in following sections of the constitution.

The seventh day of the week is the Sabbath, which commences at sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, and is the fourth commandment, which we observe as the day to assembly for worship. (Leviticus 23:3)

All of Yahweh's feasts/festivals are to be observed by the Assembly, according to Leviticus 23 - The Feast of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Shavuot( Pentecost), Yom Teruah (Rosh HaShannah), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Day of Tabernacles).

 

VII.  ANGELS

   Concerning angels, we believe:

    1.  They are spirit beings created by Yahweh. Colossians 1:16; Revelation 10:6.

Yahweh and fell from his first estate (Isaiah 14:12-15), and is now called Satan in the Bible (Revelation 12:9).

    3.  That one third of the angels chose to follow Satan and also fell.  Revelation 12:4

    4.  These fallen ageless are the enemies of Yahweh and all believers.  Ephesians 6:12.

      by believers.  I John 4:3-4., James 4:7, Matthew 10:28, Ephesians 6:10-20.

These fallen angels shall be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.  Matthew    25:41.

          Matthew 25:31;   I Timothy 5:21;  Hebrews 1:14.

 

VIII.  MAN

    Concerning man, we believe:

    1.  He was created by Yahweh.  Genesis 1 and 2.

    2.  He was created in the image of Yahweh in a sinless state.  Genesis 1:26:27; 2:7.

    3.  He fell into a lost estate by a willful act of sin.  Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:12-21.

        All men are born with a sin nature and are under the penalty of death for their

        personal acts of sin.  Romans 3:23, 6:23.

    5.  One can be saved only by faith in Yahshua the Messiah. John 3:36.

    6.  Man is composed of a body, soul, and spirit.  I Thessalonians 5:23.

        All men continue to exist beyond the time of their physical death.  Those who have

        been born again in a state of eternal, conscious joy.  (Philippians 1:23; II   

        Corinthians 

     5:2, 8;  John 5:28, 29), and those, who are lost in a state of eternal conscious  

        torment.       

      (Revelation 20:11-15, Daniel 12:2)  Luke 16:19-31.

 

IX.  FUTURE EVENTS

   Concerning future events, we believe:

   1.  In a seven year period of time of judgment on the Earth known as Daniel’s seventieth week.   Daniel 9:24-27; Revelation 4 through 19.

   2.  In the Pre-Tribulation catching away (Hebrew-natzal)-of the Bride of Yahshua. Isaiah 57:1, 2, Isaiah 26:19-21, Daniel 12:1, 2, Joel 2:15, 16, II Samuel 22:49, I Corinthians 15:50-53 ; Revelation 4:1,2,4.

   3.  In the visible, physical, return of Yahshua to the Earth to set up His kingdom at the end of Daniel’s 70th week.  Revelation 19:11-16; John 14:3; Acts 1:1. Zac. 14:4

   4.  In the Millennial reign of Yahshua with his bride over the earth.  Revelation

20:2-10.

   5.  In the resurrection of all mankind: of the saints to everlasting life, and of the lost to everlasting torment in the lake of fire.  John 5:28, 29; Revelation 20:11-15.

 

X.  GOVERNMEMT 

   Concerning human government, we believe:

   1.  That it is Divinely instituted by Yahweh. Romans 13:1.

   2.  That it is to be obeyed by the citizenry in all matters except where it would clearly  cause one to sin in so doing.  Romans 13:2-5; Acts 5:29. 

  

XI.  ISRAEL

   Concerning the nation of Israel, we believe:

   1.  That they are in a special covenant relationship with Yahweh.  Genesis 17:7

   2.  That Yahweh will literally fulfill all promises to Israel.   Romans 11:25-27.

XII.  CREATION

   Concerning creation, we believe:

    1.  That all things were created by Yahweh. Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3.

    2.  That all things created by Yahweh were good. Genesis 1:31.

     That creation occurred in six literal (24) hour days, apart from any evolutionary     

     processes.  Exodus 2:?

   3.  And Yahweh rested on the seventh day (Saturday/Sabbath)and instructed us to do likewise.

   4.  That sin entered the universe through Satan’s fall (Ezekiel 28:14-15), and man’s fall (Romans 5:12).

   5.  That Yahweh imposed a Divine judgment upon His creation at the fall of man.

       Genesis 3:14-19; Romans 8:20-22.

 

XIII.  SEPARATION

   Concerning separation, we believe:

   1.  That one of Satan’s tactics is to manifest himself as an angel of light. II Corinthians 11:14.

   2.  That this is seen in a host of false religions and cults, many of which use the name of God and or Christ.  Matthew 7:21:23; 24:4-5; II Corinthians 11:3-4.

   3.  That believers are admonished to try the spirits, to see if they be orthodox in doctrine or not.  I John 4:1; II John 7--11.

   4.  That believers are to separate themselves  from any religious involvement with any leader, movement or teaching found to be heretical.  Titus 3:10; Romans 16:17-18; II Thessalonians 2:15.

   5.  That faithful believers are further admonished to separate themselves from any religious involvement with believers who compromise by failure to separate themselves from heresy or heretics.  II Thessalonians 3:6-15.

   6.  That believers are not to be unequally yoked to unbelievers. II Corinthians 6:14-18.

   7.  That in cases of unrepentant sin, faithful believers must separate from the one who refuses to be restored.  I Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1.

 

XIV.  MORALITY

   Concerning morality, we believe that the Bible clearly establishes standards of right and wrong conduct, including:

    1.  That there should be no sexual activity outside of marriage between one man and one woman.  Any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, beastiality, incest, adultery or other types of fornication is a sinful perversion of Yahweh’s gift of sex.  Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-20; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4.

    2.  That human life begins at conception, and therefore any type of abortion, regardless of the reason, is murder.  Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1,5; Jeremiah 1:5;  20:15-18, Luke 1:44.

    3.  That Yahweh intends marriage to last a lifetime. Matthew 19:3-12, Romans 7:1-3; I Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:9.

     4.  The qualifications of the Pastors and Deacons must meet the requirements of the following references: I Timothy 3:1-13

 

XV.  LAWSUITS BETWEEN BELIEVERS

     Concerning lawsuits between believers, we believe:

     1.   That the assembly possesses all the resources necessary to resolve differences between believers.

    2.  That the Bible expressly prohibits believers in Yahshua from bringing civil lawsuits against other believers or the assembly.  I Corinthians 6:1-8.

    3.  That a believer in Yahshua may, however, seek compensation for injuries from another believer’s insurance company as long as it is done without malice, misrepresentation, or slander.  Ephesians 4:31-32.

 

XVI.  GIVING

   Concerning giving, we believe:

   1. All forms of giving, when done for the glory of Yahweh, is intended as a proper form of Bibical giving.

  3.  That once a gift is given, the giver relinquishes all rights to it.  It may not be returned.

 

XVII.  INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE

   Concerning the interpretation of Scripture, we believe:

            1.  In the literal, grammatical, historical hermeneutic of interpretation.

             That true literal interpretation recognizes valid figures of speech,

   2  That Yahweh’s dealings with man are divided into Divinely determined dispensations, which are not different ways of salvation, but Divinely ordered stewardships by which Yahweh directs man according to His purposes.
 

   4. We reject Amillenialism, Post-millenialism, Hyperdispensationalism, Dominion Theology, and other like systems.

   5.  That all miracles described in the Bible are true, literal, actual historical events which occurred exactly as described.   

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MEMBERSHIP

 

The membership of this assembly shall consist of such believers in Yahweh and His son Yahshua the Messiah as have been baptized by immersion who take the Holy Bible as their only rule of faith and practice, and who agree to be governed by this Constitution.  Any person may become a member of this assembly upon following the procedure as outlined in Sec. 1 below. In each case, the candidate shall give evidence of a change of heart and testimony of one that is trusting in Yahshua with the life and adoption of the views of faith and practice held by this Assembly.

 

          Sec. 1.     Procedure

 

                  a.  Applicants for assembly membership must walk forward in a assembly service, meet with a counselor and provide information on his relationship with Yahshua the Messiah, i.e. saved (born-again).

                  b.  Information provided by a. (above) will be given to a member of the Ministerial Staff who will interview the applicant to determine if he is ready to give a        

statement of his faith before assigned members of the Board of Deacons.  At this time the Ministerial Staff member gives the applicant a statement of the assembly’s beliefs.

                 c.  The applicant meets with assigned members of the Board of Deacons and  

                     a member of the Ministerial Staff at which time he gives his statement of  

                     faith and answers questions about his personal spiritual conversion and 

                     experience.

                  d.  The Board of Deacons, at some future assembly service, will recommend assembly membership for prospective members who have been through procedures, a, b,

and c.  Upon an acceptance vote of the majority of the members present and voting, they will be admitted into assembly membership.

            Sec. 2  Qualifications:  All applicants for  membership shall fall into one of the following  groups:

 

                        a.   Upon confession of faith in Yahshua as Savior and by following

                              Him in baptism by immersion.

 

                        b.   By letter from some other assembly of like faith and practice.

                             By statement or restoration (if once a member of this or  

                             another Assembly or fundamental church where baptism by 

                             immersion  is practiced)  where a regular church letter is not available.

 

                        A member of the Ministerial Staff and assigned members of the Board of

                        Deacons of the assembly shall examine all applicants for membership 

                        falling in groups a, b and c of the above section on the     

                        following questions:

 Do you believe the Bible to be the very Word of Yahweh, and that     

                              (2)   Have you accepted Yahshua as your personal Savior and

                                     have  you now peace with Yahweh through Him?

 

           (4)  Will you study earnestly to know your duty as a believing steward,

                 and will you contribute to the support of the ministry of the

                                    assembly as Yahweh prospers you?

 

Do you cheerfully accept the obligations imposed on all members

 

                         ARTICLE FIVE:  MEMBERSHIP:  DUTIES OF MEMBERS:

 

Sec.1     In order that persons applying for church membership may be informed as to the duties of members, they shall be informed as to the duties of members, they shall have the Assembly Covenant presented to them by a member of the Ministerial Staff and they shall subscribe to it both in letter and in spirit.  Members in good standing will strive to keep their Covenant obligations. They will endeavor to preserve the unity of the Assembly: and if, at times, they find themselves opposed to the fundamental doctrines of this assembly or if for any other reason are unable to harmonize with others, they will  not seek to disrupt its fellowship but will quietly withdraw from its membership.

 

Sec. 2

Members may be dismissed from the Assembly as follows: voluntary - Members in good standing may, at their own request, have their assembly letter sent directly to the assembly with which they desire to unite provided that   is a assembly of like faith. Letters are not granted to persons to carry or keep in their possession. Members leaving the area permanently who have not requested a Assembly letter will be dropped from membership after one (1) year.

Sec.3  Any member who has a continued and unexplainable absence from the services of the assembly and non-support of the Assembly for one year will be dropped  from the roll after being notified.

 

Sec.4  Non-resident members are expected to contact the Assembly and/or the Pastors at least every six months and are expected to continue their financial support of the assembly.

 

                                                         ARTICLE  SIX

 

                                  THE PASTORS as MINISTERIAL STAFF

 

SECTION ONE.  QUALIFICATIONS:

 

        a.  The Pastor as Ministerial staff of this assembly shall be believers in and promoters of the Gospel and the fundamental doctrines of faith as held by this assembly as stated in the     Preamble. 

 

        b. The Pastors of this assembly shall be required to reaffirm their faith in

             this statement and shall sign the same annually in the presence of the Board of Deacons.

             Furthermore, they shall also cooperate with and promote the missionary program of this Assembly.

SECTION TWO CALLING:   When it is necessary to call the Pastor, the Board of Deacons, as the permanent Pulpit Committee shall take the necessary steps  to secure a Pastor.  The Committee shall investigate the merits of every man under  consideration in regard to his personal character, education, ministerial record and preaching ability in determining his fitness for said pastorate.  When a suitable man is found, the Committee shall recommend him to the assembly for consideration.

 

SECTION THREE.  ELECTION:  The election of a Pastor may be considered at any      

regularly called meeting of the assembly provided notice to that effect has been given  two Saturday’s days prior to said meeting.  A majority of the members present and 

voting (required ) minimum in attendance shall be sufficient to decide the matter.

 

SECTION FOUR.  TERM:  The length of term of office for a Pastor shall be for as long                                  

        is is mutually agreeable between the Pastor and the Assembly.

 

SECTION FIVE.  DUTIES:  The Pastors shall preach the Gospel regularly, administer 

        the ordinances, supervise the teaching ministry of the assembly, tenderly watch over    

       its membership and spiritual interests and organize and develop its strength for the     

       best possible service.  The Pastors shall be ex-officio members of all boards and

        committees of the assembly and its auxiliary organizations.   It shall be their duty to

        publicly inform all newly-elected officers of the particular functions  and

        responsibilities of their respective offices.  The Pastors shall extend the Right Hand

       of Fellowship to all new members on behalf of the assembly and perform such other

       duties as generally pertain to such a position.

                                 Article Seven

SECTION ONE. 

                                      HEADSHIP OF YAHSHUA OUR MESSIAH

       Yahshua the Messiah is the Head of this assembly.  He governs His pepole through the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible. It is the right and duty of the assembly to discern His will.

       A.  No non-member has any authority over or right to be involved in assembly government.

       B.  The Holy Bible is our sole and complete authority in all matters of faith and practice.

       C.  The Constitution is intended only as a tool to facilitate consistent and orderly functioning of the assembly.  It must never usurp the Bible.

                                       DUTIES OF MEMBERS

SECTION TWO

        A.  To be spiritual

        B.  To abstain from worldly practices.

        C.  To regularly attend services.

        D.  To financially support the assembly with regular tithes and offerings.

        E.  To assume a place of service when qualified and able.

        F.   To help reach others for Yahshua.

        G.  To seek to preserve the unity and harmony of the assembly.

        H.  To love, encourage, help and pray for one another.

         I.  To sincerely support the officers of the assembly.

         J.  To avoid contact which could jeopardize the Assembly’s testimony.

  

SECTION THREE.

                                                      RECEPTION OF MEMBERS

         A.  Requirements to join the assembly

               1.  To be saved

               2.  To be Scripturally baptized.

               3.  To be seeking to live a Yahshua filled life.

          B.  Procedure for joining

               1.  Fill out an “Application for Assembly Membership”

               2.  Read and sign the Constitution

               3.  Interview with the Membership Committee

               4.  Give a personal testimony before the assembly

               5.  Receive a unanimous vote of the assembly

 

 

SECTION FOUR

                                                      RESOLVING GRIEVANCES

            A.  It is the duty of every member to seek to resolve grievances Scripturally.  Matthew 18:15-17 gives the proper order.   First, go to the offending individual in private and seek to resolve the matter.  If this fails, then seek help from the assembly leadership in resolving the matter.

            B.  It is the duty of the Pastors to watch over the congregation to protect and preserve the unity of the assembly.  They must act quickly and wisely to effect Biblical resolutions when alerted to problems.

           C.  The Pastors are always available to advise and assist members.

           D.  The assembly reserves the right to drop any member from membership at anytime such action is deemed necessary for the welfare of the Assembly.  Being contentious, or negligent in the Spirit filled duty or living in sin, or rejecting any part of the Statement of Faith would be examples of reasons why the assembly might take such action.  When feasible, the member will be notified of such action and opportunity given to resolve the matter.  All members agree to accept the decision of the Assembly as final in such matters.

          E. Complaints against a Pastor or An Associate shall be handled by the Deacon Board.  If the matter is unresolvable, and the Deacons believe it is in the best interest of the assembly, they may request a letter of resignation.  If this is refused, they may call for a vote of confidence.  They shall seek to notify all active members of such a vote.  A 2/3 affirmative vote of those present and voting shall be necessary to sustain the man in his office.  The Chairman of the Deacon Board shall moderate such a meeting.  If he fails to receive such a vote his office is considered vacant immediately, and all his duties shall cease.  Normally, one month salary from that date would be given. 

           F.  Complaints against the Deacons or other elected officers shall be handled by the Pastoral Staff and the Deacon Board (except the accused member).  If a resolution is not possible, and they deem it in the best interest of the Assembly, they may remove the person from office by a 2/3 majority vote.  If necessary, they may further refer the matter to the church for additional discipline.

 

 

SECTION FIVE.

                                                        STATUS OF  MEMBERS

      A.  ACTIVE MEMBERS.  These are persons who have formally joined the Assembly.  They have the right to serve in elected or appointed positions of service.  They must attend 2 quarterly Assembly  administration meetings before being able to make or second a motion.  Only members 18 or older are allowed to vote on certain matters such as buying or selling property.

     B.  INACTIVE  MEMBERS.  Anyone absent from services for 3 months without due cause, or deemed delinquent in the stated duties of a member, may be transferred by the Deacons  to the Inactive List.  These members may not hold a position in the assembly or make or second a motion or vote until they are restored to the Active list.  The Deacons may restore a member to the Active list when they are satisfied that any problems have been resolved  and the person desires to be an active member again.

     C.  ASSOCIATE MEMBERS.  Those persons who are in the community on a “temporary” basis (such as college students), and are already active members in a “home assembly” of like faith and practice, may be listed as Associate members.  They are free to serve in any position if elected or appointed, but  are not allowed to make or second a motion or vote.

 

SECTION SIX

                          TERMINATION AND/OR TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP

     A.  TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

            1.  The membership of any member is automatically terminated without notice if that member joins another church, or any other religious organization which is not of like faith (Lodges included).

            2.  A member may resign at any time.  The Assembly may vote to accept a letter of resignation at any regularly scheduled service without any public notice being given.  No letter of transfer or written statement of good standing will normally be given under such circumstances.

     B.  TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP Members who leave the Assembly in good standing to unite with another Assembly of like faith may receive a letter of good standing.

 

                         ARTICLE  EIGHT:  BAPTISM AND THE ADONAY’S SUPPER

 

SECTION I.  BAPTISM

       A.  The Pastor is authorized to administer or to direct the administering of baptism to anyone he believes to be a fit candidate.  At such time, a public testimony of personal salvation shall be given.

       B.  After baptism, a person may then be presented to the assembly for membership.  Normally, persons receiving baptism would also be expected to request assembly membership. Exceptions would be rare.  It would be up to the Pastor’s discretion whether or not to administer baptism without subsequent assembly membership. The NT. pattern was baptism and then local assembly membership (Acts 2:40-41).

       C.  Baptism shall be administered only by single, full immersion in water, and in the name of Yahshua the Messiah and witnessed by at least one person as in the Hebraic principle.  

       D.  Baptism, so called, by groups which we would consider heretical is not considered to meet the Scriptural requirement.  Likewise, we do not accept infant baptism, baptism before one’s conversion, or baptism administered by pouring or sprinkling, or triune immersion.  While such rituals are called baptism, who do not believe that Yahweh recognizes them as fulfilling His holy commandment to be baptized.  While such persons may have been sincere in their minds, they are nevertheless admonished to receive proper baptism.

 

SECTION II.  observance of the last SUPPER

         A.  The elements for communion are bread and grape juice.

         B.  The elements are symbolic of the body and the blood of the Messiah and are properly intended to be enjoyed only by those who have personally received Yahshua as Savior, and are not living with unconfessed sin.

         C.  The Pastors and deacons will fix the time to observe communion and the traditional Last Supper. It would normally be the first Sabbath of each month following a fellowship meal..

         D.  The Pastors shall give clear instruction regarding the meaning of communion prior to its observation and provide a time for self-examination.

 

 

                                              ARTICLE NINE:  OFFICERS

 

     We believe that the Assembly is to have two offices  (Philippians 1:1) namely elders/Pastors and deacons.  We further believe, that the elders are called of Yahweh to be the Pastors.

 

SECTION I.             

     A   PASTORS or ELDERS

         1.  Qualifications

              a.  He shall be saved and have been baptized in a assembly of like faith.

              b.  He shall meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

         2.  CALL

             a.  The call of a Pastor shall be for an indefinite term.

             b.  In the absence of a Pastor, the Deacon Board shall be the Pulpit Committee.

                   In the case of being expelled from the membership under discipline, his

                   ministry terminates immediately.

    

  3. PASTORS DUTIES

             a.   He shall teach and preach the Word of Yahweh.

             b.  He shall watch over, guide and advance the spiritual interests of the   

                  Assembly.

             c.  He shall administer the ordinances of baptism and the Last Supper.

             c.  He and the deacons shall administer the ordinances of the Last Supper.

             d.  He shall be an ex officio member of all boards, committees, or councils.

             e.  He shall regularly do visitation work, endeavoring to win the lost.

             f.  He shall examine all candidates for membership.

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             j.   He shall appoint qualified persons to places of service as led of Yahweh.

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       4.  TERMS OF SERVICE

            a.  The Pastor shall meet each year with the Deacon Board to discuss financial 

                 arrangements and benefits with them.  They shall present a recommendation  

                 to the Budget Committee for the annual budget.

             b. If the assembly is financially able, he may attend at least two Seminars or

                  conferences for spiritual edification each year.

           shall need a 51% affirmative vote of those present and voting to sustain 

            him in his office.  If he fails to obtain it, he shall be given 30 days

            salary and his office declared vacant immediately.

        B.  ASSOCIATE PASTOR(S)

             1.  QUALIFICATIONS.  He shall meet the same qualifications as those for Pastor.

             2.  DUTIES.    His duties shall be assigned by the Pastor, approved by the        

                  assembly, and listed in the Ministry Manual.

                 TERMS OF SERVICE.  His terms of service shall be stated in writing prior   

                to his coming approved by the assembly, and listed in the Ministry Manual.

 

SECTION II.  DEACONS

        A.  QUALIFICATIONS

             1.  He shall be a member of the assembly for at least 6 months.

             2.  He shall meet the qualifications listed in I Timothy 3:8-13.

             3.  His wife shall be fully supportive of his ministry.

             4. He will serve a six ( 6 ) month probation.

             5.  He shall be elected at a quarterly meeting.

             6.  He can serve indefinitely, but must be re-elected annually.

         B.  DUTIES

              The Board of Deacons shall assist the Pastor in promoting the spiritual welfare of the assembly, in organizing and developing its strength for the best possible service and in conducting the religious services and all other work of the assembly.

               The Board of Deacons shall constitute the permanent Pulpit Selection Committee.  It shall make proper provision for the observance of the ordinance of the assembly, with members of the Board serving the elements of the Yahshua’s Supper; and with the Pastor and Menbership committee or Ministerial Staff, consider all applications for assembly membership.  The Board shall contact the members: and, in cooperation with the Pastor, take care of the disbursement of the Deacons’ Fund as is deemed wise.  This fund shall be exclusively under the Boards’ control.  It shall assist the Pastor in home visitation and other personal work and all other evangelistic efforts of the assembly. It shall elect from its Board a chairman, vice-chairman and secretary and appoint chairmen of committee on:  Worship, Administration, Missionary, Children’s Education, Communications, Youth and such other committees as prove necessary.  The Board shall cooperate with the Pastor in providing the pulpit supply and leaders of the prayer meeting in his absence.               

              

                                       ARTICLE TEN:  OFFICERS OF SERVICE

 

SECTION I.  TRUSTEES - President, Treasurer, and Secretary will serve as corporate

    officers and will be filled from the Pastor and Deacon Board at the annual December

    meeting. The Trustees will be responsible to the state for the corporation.

 

SECTION  II.    ASSEMBLIE'S SECRETARY shall keep all records of the Assemblie's business.

 

                                          ARTICLE ELEVEN:  MINUTES

        

SECTION ONE.        REGULAR MEETINGS

        A.  Regular meetings of the assembly shall normally be held on Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and during one other evening of the week.  Other meetings, particularly those concerning a specific ministry of the assembly, shall be announced as necessary.

        B.  The assembly  shall conduct a assembly administration meeting in January, April, July, October, and December.  Normally, it will be on the second Saturday after the evening service.

        C.  The January meetings will include a presentation of annual reports.

        D.  The January, April, July, and October meetings will include a review of the church’s finances, reports on current progress and needs of various ministries and other matters necessary for the assembly to consider.  Opportunity will be given at these meetings for the church to vote on necessary matters.

         E.  The December meeting shall be primarily to elect officers and vote on the annual budget.

 

SECTION TWO.         SPECIAL MEETINGS

     The Pastor or Deacons may request the Assembly to conduct a special meeting at any time.  It will be announced from the pulpit Sabbath morning and evening, and its purpose clearly stated.  The assembly will then decide whether or not to consider the matter then or schedule it for a future time.  No other matters may be considered than that which was announced.  Meetings which involve finances or discipline or matters over which controversy may arise (or exist) should be announced for two Saturdays, or all members personally notified.

 

SECTION THREE.        PROCEDURES

     A  The Pastor shall serve as moderator. If he calls the meeting  In his absence, the If the deacon board calls the meeting the Chairman of the Deacon Board or someone appointed by the Deacons shall moderate.

    B.  The moderator shall seek to conduct all meetings decently and in order and in accordance with Scriptural principles. Standard procedures will normally be observed, however, the assembly is under no obligation to follow any prescribed “rules of order”. The moderator may table any item he deems appropriate.  If a meeting becomes unruly, he may declare the meeting adjourned, after which no matters may be considered.

 

                                         ARTICLE  TWELVE:  ASSEMBLY MINISTRIES

 

SECTION I.  GENERAL PRINCIPLES

      A assembly is more than just Sabbath worship. It is believers seeking to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) every day of the week.  Any endeavor by our members to make disciples can rightly be considered part of our assembly ministries if it is with the knowledge and consent of the assembly and under the authority of the assembly’s leadership.

 

 

                              ARTICLE  THIRTEEN:  BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

SECTION I.          BOARDS    The Pastor and deacons are the board of directors.

 

SECTION  II.       COMMITTEES  will be appointed by the Pastor or Deacons. 

                               Pastor or a Deacon shall be the Chairman of each Committee.  The 

                              Committee members are to be members in good standing, elected at the 

                               December business meeting.  They shall serve one year, but can be re-elected.

 

                              ARTICLE  FOURTEEN:  ORDINATION AND LICENSING

 

 

SECTION I.        ORDINATION  The candidate for ordination will be subject to the      

                             Pastor and Deacons complete review of his qualifications. If approved,  

                             the Pastor and Deacons will arrange for an ordination service to be                

                             held. 

 

SECTION II.       LICENSING  will be subject to the Pastor and Deacons (same as

                             Ordination Section I above.)

 

                                          ARTICLE  FIFTEEN: MISSIONS

 

     All missions will be approved by the Pastor and Deacon Board.  A missionary committee may be formed as needed to help carry out the mission directives.  A pastor or deacon will be chairman of the committee.                               

                                         ARTICLE  SIXTEEN:  GENERAL

 

SECTION I.        AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

      Amendments will be voted on at quarter meetings.

 

SECTION II.       LIABILITY - See Insurance Policy

 

SECTION III.      ASSEMBLY PROPERTY AND NAME

     All assembly property will be in the name of Chavurah Messianic Israel Assembly.

 

SECTION IV.      TAX EXEMPT PROVISIONS

        A.  PRIVATE INUREMENT.          No part of the net earnings of the assembly shall inure to the benefit of the distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the assembly shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for the services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Two hereof.

        B.  POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT.  The Assembly is not a political party.  It shall not as a body publicly endorse any political party or candidates.  This, of course, does not mean that members are expected to forfeit their rights as private citizens to be politically active, including running for or holding a political office.  However, the fact that a member may be politically involved does not mean that the assembly endorses the views or actions of that member.  The Pastor shall not refrain from preaching the whole counsel of Elohim, even if it may touch upon matters which are also of concern to politicians.  His object in his ministry, however, is the equipping of the saints for service, and seeking the salvation of the lost.  It is never to have as its end the control of the political processes.  Obviously, members are also citizens, and we encourage them to “render unto the Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” i.e., our Caesar is the U. S. Constitution, and we are given the right to vote, etc. and so we, as believers in Yahshua are commanded by Yahweh to exercise those rights and privileges.

         C.  DISSOLUTION  Upon the dissolution of the assembly, the Trustees shall, after paying and making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the assembly, dispose of all the assets of the assembly to such organization(s) organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organizations(s) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Trustees shall determine.  Assets may be distributed only to organizations which agree with the Assembly’s Statement of Faith.

         D.  RACIAL DISCRIMINATION  This Assembly shall not discriminate against members, applicants, students of others on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin.

 

SECTION V.       DESIGNATED CONTRIBUTION

 

     From time to time, the Assembly, in the exercise of its stated purposes, may establish various funds to accomplish specific goals. Contributors may suggest uses for their contributions, but all suggestions shall be deems advisory rather than mandatory in nature.  All contributions made to specific funds or otherwise designated shall remain subject to the exclusive control of the Board of Deacons. No fiduciary obligation shall be created by any designated contribution made to the assembly other than to use the contribution for the general furtherance of any purpose stated in Article Two.

 

SECTION VI.    UNAUTHORIZED EXPENDITURES

      Each year the assembly will stipulate a certain amount as the maximum allowable unauthorized expenditures by the A) Pastor, B) Board of Deacons; C) Board of Trustees.  These amounts will be recorded by the Minister of Records, at the Quarterly Assembly Administration Meeting. 

                                                              ADOPTION

 

This Constitution was adopted by a unanimous vote of the members present and voting at a duly called meeting of the assembly  in which a quorum was present.  This Constitution supersedes any other constitutions and/or by-laws of this assembly .

 

DATE:     _____________________

 

SIGNED:_______________________________PASTOR

 

SIGNED:_______________________________CHAIRMAN OF DEACONS

 

SIGNED:________________________    SECRETARY - DEACON BOARD

 

                                             REQUEST FOR MEMBERSHIP

 

I, the undersigned, have read this Constitution.  I have reviewed it with the Membership Committee.  If accepted into the membership of Chavurah Messianic Israel Assembly, I solemnly agree to abide by all that is contained herein.  Should I ever come to a place where I can no longer wholeheartedly support the Assembly, its Constitution and/or its leaders, I further agree to seek promptly to resolve the matter or to quietly withdraw any membership from the assembly.

SIGNED:____________________________________DATE:____________________